Recent App Reviews
Zinio is a leader in electronic versions of major national magazines, with their editions including our very own iPhone Life magazine (4 issues for $10). Zinio does a good job of digitally replicating the experience of reading a print magazine. And now they have a Zinio Magazine Reader out for the iPhone. You need to be a Zinio subscriber, or you can purchase single issues or subscription via the app.
We travel around the world a lot, and with time zone shifts and exhaustive days a good alarm clock is a critical accessory to have. Due to baggage space restrictions, we have had to carry as many "Swiss Army knife" (multi-function) devices as possible. The iPhone has become our electronic Swiss Army knife, providing a traveler's delight of functionality from Alarm Clock to fight tracking to tide charting.
I've seen a number of posts around lamenting that various iPhone Alarm Clock applications can only play canned sounds or iPod tunes, but not Ringtones for an alarm sound (Although I've got to admit I can't imagine why anyone would want to think their phone was ringing at 6:00AM!?).
Actually, if your Alarm Ap supports iPod tune playing for alarm sounds, then, as they say, "You're in fat city".
To use a Ringtone for a
The smartest thing I did at the show this year was to bring the wife. While I tried to check out some of the more hard-core technology, not only did she do booth duty, but she also scouted fashionable and smart products for me to check out later. Trexta was one of her finds, so gotta give her the credit. These hand-crafted and high quality cases and covers are exceptional in terms of both materials (real leather and wood), and price.
Forget cloud-computing, configure your own. If you need secure access to your files (from anywhere in the world), you might want to check out the myDitto solution From Dane-Elec. There's an iPhone app for it as well, and I'll get to the details of that in a minute, but essentially it's a storage unit (above left) that provides secure access to your files, and all you need is an iPhone (with the myDitto app), or a USB key (from a computer).
Reallusion announces the debut of iPhone apps with 10x Camera Tools giving you the top 10 digital imaging tools to make your iPhone a true digital camera and photo manager. You'll need to search the AppStore for this software as iphone.reallusion.com is listed as "coming soon" when you go there.
Unless I make some sort of glaring error or omission, I don't make it a policy not to go back and update a review I've written. However, if something in a game changes to warrant a note or quick revisit, I'm more than happy to do that. Such is the case with Grinchmas! from Ocean Mediahouse. You can read the original review here. I'm still a bit disappointed that they haven't bolstered the less than wacky atmosphere, but there are a couple of game play changes worthy of noting. The first is that there are actually two modes now: Classic and Challenge. Classic is the original game, which now even has easy, medium and hard modes. Challenge mode is the bright spot of this update, however. In the Mean Grinch scenario there are 20 challenges and in Merry Grinch mode there are 17. A challenge might be basic like "quiet 3 near noisy houses" in Mean scenario or "deliver 3 presents" in Merry mode. As you get further down the list, however, things get more difficult. In Mean mode you might have something like "quiet 7 houses for 4 minutes and 30 seconds", and in Merry mode you get such things as "deliver a red, green and blue present in 10 seconds without missing". Each challenge has 3 difficulty levels as well.
Wow, did I see some cool audio-related stuff today at CES (mostly in the South Hall). Wish I could write about all of it, but I selected a few of the cooler things I got to play with or do. One of which was to record a demo blues track using the little USB recording setup at Blue Microphones (check out the video above).
The Mirage convention center was quite the gadgety place to be last night, and sorry about not having good pix from the event, but I had some issues with my camera just before. Oh well, I swing back later and post more shots on the cool stuff I saw there, but wanted to get some word out on some of the cutting-edge stuff now.